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Mendelssohn - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Release date: 24 Feb 2017, 5186595

Artists

NDR Philharmonie, Andrew Manze

Composers

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

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Orchestral

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 11 32:02   $
Allegro molto 10:11   $
Andante 06:09   $
Menuetto. Allegro molto 07:24   $
Allegro con fuoco 08:18   $
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 56 “Scottish” 38:40   $
Andante con moto – Allegro un poco agitato 15:43   $
Vivace non troppo 04:21   $
Adagio 09:12   $
Allegro vivacissimo 09:24   $
 

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Mendelssohn’s warmly lyrical and evocative Scottish symphony is paired with his confident and precocious first symphony for the first in a series of recordings in multi-channel surround sound for PENTATONE by the conductor Andrew Manze and the NDR Radiophilharmonie.

It’s no wonder that Robert Schumann dubbed Mendelssohn the “Mozart of the nineteenth century”; with his felicitous gift for melody and meticulous craftsmanship, his music positively brims with youthful spontaneity and exuberance, blending dreamy poetic flights with moments of affecting tenderness and serenity.

Inspired by his visits to Scotland and the Hebrides and the romantic novels of Sir Walter Scott, his outstanding Symphony No. 3 in A minor (“Scottish”) is a colourful reminiscence of its rugged landscapes steeped in history, and an affectionate homage to the proud Highlanders he met there. It was an instant success on its first performance and rivals the popularity of the overture The Hebrides, also inspired by the splendour of Scotland.

No less impressive is his masterly Symphony No. 1 in C minor, composed when he was just 15 years old. From its noisy and impetuous opening to its triumphant conclusion, this confident and adventurous work shows the influence of Mozart, Haydn and Weber but the effect is unmistakeably Mendelssohnian with fugal passages, unforgettable melodies and busy, inventive scoring.

“Whatever the exceptional Andrew Manze asked for,” wrote the Leipziger Volkszeitung, “was delivered in real time: wonderfully delicate strings, spotless, yet warm-sounding woodwind … the result was detailed and rich in contrast.” Renowned for his boundless energy and scholarly knowledge and with many critically acclaimed recordings in a broad repertoire, Manze is celebrated as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation.

Mendelssohn - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Category Orchestral

Period Romantic, Classical

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